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Ask Chris: A Statue With a Story

Who’s the young man rising from the fountain at the Americana at Brand?

Q: What’s the story behind the gold statue at the Americana at Brand in Glendale?

A: The gilded sculpture of a young man rising from the fountain (and gazing toward the Apple Store) was installed in 2008. The 18-foot mold was made from a plaster cast of artist Donald Harcourt De Lue’s post-World War II work, The Spirit of American Youth Rising from the Waves. The original is at the Normandy American Cemetery in France.